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Monday, 22 October 2012

ETF Lean Hogs - Buy

The supply constraints on food are having wide-ranging effects. The limitations have been caused by drought in the US and Russia, coupled with extreme heat damage. Corn and soyabeans have been hit hard, which has had a knock-on effect on the prices of other foodstuffs. UK company Cranswick drew attention in its recent update to the effect of rising pig prices, pushed up by the cost of feed. There is also upward pressure from growing demand. In Europe, farmers have been cutting herds because of the rising costs and new welfare regulations, due to be introduced in January, on how sows should be housed.

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Monday, 8 October 2012

Syngenta - Buy

Syngenta has once again come onto the radar of investors on the back of surging grain prices, and the prospect of a marked fall-back in cost pressures in the last-quarter of 2012 and into 2013, which could offer some potential short-term gains for investors. The story is continuing to develop as high corn prices drive demand for Syngenta's seed care products. The latest update from the US Department of Agriculture confirms that the drought, which is hitting large parts of the US grain belt, has indeed reduced this year's corn harvest by some 13 per cent.

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